The recent Princeton High School graduate spent most of last week in Bloomington preparing to play in Saturday’s Shrine All-Star Football Game at Illinois Wesleyan University.
On Friday morning, he turned in his shoulder pads for his track thinclads to make the trip to Charleston to compete in the IHSA Class 2A State Track & Field championships. He was rewarded for his efforts, placing fourth in the discus while also coming in 14th in the shot put for his dad’s Tigers.
After his last throws, Foes rushed back to Bloomington to take part in the Shrine Banquet. He didn’t even have time to collect his state medal, which he received Saturday in Bloomington.
“Had quite a week, because I had state on my mind, obviously. Through the course of that, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, I had six football practices. That took a toll on me and my body. That’s another reason why I’m happy how I performed at state, because I went through a week of football pretty much,” he said.
“It was an amazing time. I had a great time. Met a lot of friends, teammates, got to play in a really good game and it was all for a good cause. I was blessed to have the opportunity to play in that game and wouldn’t have traded this week for anything.”
Foes played for the Red All-Stars, which lost 28-20 in overtime.
“It was a great experience and we all had a blast playing in it,” he said.
Foes didn’t get any throws in while in Bloomington, but said he got some spins in and “mentally” prepared for state. He said there were a few other throwers and runners competing at state track that were in the same boat he was.
Foes will report Aug. 9 to begin his next chapter in his football career at Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Ind.
“It’s going to be a fun atmosphere, really competitive first couple weeks. It will just be football players on campus. I’m looking forward to that,” he said. “Now, I’ve just got the rest of the summer to prepare for that and have fun with my friends.”
Kevin has been sports editor of the BCR since 1986 and previously was sports editor of the St. Louis Daily News, Tazewell News and ISU Daily Vidette. He is a 2021 inductee into the IBCA Hall of Fame as a media member and was awarded as 2021 IPA Best Sports Section and Best Sports Column